Welcome to Mountain Cloud

Located in Santa Fe, NM, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Mountain Cloud is a meditation center, offering daily sitting and several teaching events most weeks. Click here for our weekly schedule.  For upcoming sesshins and special events click on Events and Sesshins.

Getting Started

Meditation has proven benefits. More energy, more concentration, more peace, more love, more joy, more presence, more kindness.  The easiest way to get started in a meditation practice and find out if it’s for you, is to come by on a Wednesday afternoon at 5pm for a one-hour Intro to Zen class. We run these weekly and year-round. Continue Reading …

Our teacher is Henry Ryu-un Shukman, an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. Continue Reading …


Contingent Arising

… we are nothing but this very moment arising. As kids, our parents’ lives seem to us so solid and established – the jobs, the house, the routines. Personally, much of my earlier adulthood I was waiting for that kind of a sense of solidity to arrive in my own life, especially once we had […]

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Zen: A Long Hard Path

Episode Description: In this talk, Henry explores the dedication required for long term Zen practice. He quotes Rilke’s words, “Everything in nature tries to become itself against all opposition,” and considers Gustav Mahler’s “Song of the Earth,” which centers around a set of Tang dynasty poems. Henry places Zen in the historical context of the Tang […]

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David Loy at Mountain Cloud, September 16, 7pm

Wednesday September 16, 7pm David Loy will speak at Mountain Cloud about the convergence of Western traditions of social reform with Asian traditions of inner transformation. David Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. His articles appear regularly in major journals and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, […]

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Message from Henry: Five Skandhas

When like and dislike do not arise, the Way stands clear.  – from the Shinjinmei These are the five “skandhas” or “aggregates”: matter or form (rupa), sensation or feeling (vedana), perception or recognition (sañña), mental formations or reactions (sankhara), consciousness (viññana). The five skandhas are not just basic elements of experience, but constitute stages in […]

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How does an Awakened Person Perceive the World? Part 1 of 4

The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown.  -Thomas Traherne David Loy explores the nature of reality, and ourselves, when we experience the world as it really is. How does an enlightened person perceive the world? Obviously, that’s an important question for non-dualists including Advaitins and Buddhists. ‘Waking […]

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What Matters Most

All Zen asks of us is that we become quiet and still with ourselves, and find out who we really are. I would like to urge each of you to look into your heart and ask yourself what matters most in this brief span of years we have been granted. It won’t be long before […]

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Case 7 Book of Equanimity. Master Yakusan Ascends the Rostrum, Part 2 of 2

Episode Description: This talk continues with Case 7, “Yakusan Ascends the Rostrum,” exploring Yakusan’s own process of transformation. It begins by reflecting on how revolutionary Zen practice is — an overturning of how we think things are. Yakusan offers a great example of how to proceed in this revolution: “Sit down and be silent.” Henry discusses […]

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